Laughing Squid 10th Anniversary Wrap-Up

Laughing Squid 10th Anniversary Party

Thanks to everyone who came out to our big 10th Anniversary Party on Saturday. The event was a huge success, a wonderful carnival of freaks and geeks, and I couldn’t image a better way celebrate a decade of Laughing Squid.

The always amazing Jacob Appelbaum shot a bunch of great photos. Brian Walsh was on the scene and captured all the action quite nicely as well. Here’s all the Flickr photos from people who were at the party (see below for a list of all the individual photosets). Oh yeah, and Eddie Codel shot a funny short video outside at the party.

This event would have not been possible without all of the great people who helped make it happen. I would like the personally thank everyone who was a part of this party, including:

– Our fabulous Master of Ceremonies Kitten on the Keys.

– Our performers DJs Ouchy The Clown and Helga Bunny, Mr. Lucky, Nik Phelps, Joshua Raoul Brody, Freddi Price, Hal Robins, Chicken John and Will Franken.

– Our outside artists the Flaming Lotus Girls, with their incredible centerpiece, the head of the “Angel of the Apocalypse”, Kal Spelletich of SEEMEN (with help from Big Daddy) running a stunning array of interactive kinetic art, Robert Burke and crew with their bizarre Cross-Culture Goose Gyro, Wrybread’s awesome Photoboof, Cyclecide’s pedal-powered carnival ride The Dizzy Toy, Kevin Gauna with his beautiful Sunbrothers solar-powered rose sculpture, The Popcorn Guys with their delicious kettle corn, Grant Irish’s attention grabbing Burning Mandible, Sam Stoller’s excellent video projections and of course The Holy Trinity of the Dogminican Order, who keep watch over us throughout the evening.

– All the art cars that showed up, including Vain Van (Emily & Ken Duffy), Drala Dragon Wagon (Bruman Bjerke & Joy Jonston), Von Tiki (Jake Goldstein), Grooovalicous Princess of Peace (Avril Hughes) and Cyberbuss. A special thanks to Philo Northrup for putting the call out to the art car community.

– Our volunteers Lori Dorn (the lovely mistress of the door), John Law (dog head wrangler), Helena “Noona” Nolan (stage manager), Melinda Adams (assistant stage manager), Chicken John (sound/stage equipment, logistics, doing the Chicken thing), Jascha Ephraim (sound man), Rick Abruzzo (volunteer coordinator, logistics, kicking ass and taking names), Don Hurter (outside setup, logistics, scientific calculations), Eddie Codel (Squid List tribute, Board of Supervisors Certificate of Honor), mikl-em (Laughing Squid tribute), Danielle Engelman (door support), Katy Bell (general help), Niall Kennedy (outside setup), Leila Easa (door support), Eric Johnson (door support), Nancy Denny-Phelps (merchandise table), Chris Odell (video), Chris Heuer (general help), Loid Mongoloid (squid adjustment), Fish & Elizabeth (door support), Tarin Towers (general help), Jacob Appelbaum (photography), Brian Walsh (photography), Joshua Ellingson (Laughing Squid 10th Anniversary Party poster), Charlie Gadeken (Flaming Lotus Girls communications), Simone Davalos (remote support) and Laughing Squid Web Hosting technical support tentacle Jason Laskodi, who flew out from Columbus, OH just for the event.

And a very special thanks to Kerri and Jen of Varnish Fine Arts for being such awesome hosts and to Zeus and his top-notch security crew.

Laughing Squid 10th Anniversary Party


Lilia Ahner
Jacob Appelbaum
Margarita Azucar
Lloyd D Budd
Dav Coleman
Joshua Ellingson
Chris Heuer
Mary Hodder
Tara Hunt
Andy Kaufman
Neil Kumar
Jason Laskodi
Jonathan David Leavitt
Nicole Lee
Stephen McGarrigle
Courtney Patubo
Brian Walsh


Tech Alley (inside & outside)


Cliff L. Biffle
Eddie Codel
Andy Kaufman
Bill Lazar
Chris Messina
Cale Peeples
Joe Wahrhaftig
Brian Walsh


The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco issued a Certificate of Honor for Laughing Squid. The certificate reads as follows:

In recognition of Laughing Squid for promoting underground culture, providing an online home to the City’s most weird and profitless and for bridging the culture-geek divide. The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco extends its highest commendation.

Many thanks to Eddie Codel for setting this up.

UPDATE 1: The photos from the Photoboof are now online.

UPDATE 2: The San Francisco Chronicle has published an article on the party in their November 20th, Sunday paper.

UPDATE 3: Enric Teller posted some great videos from the party.

– outside photo by Jacob Appelbaum and inside photo by Brian Walsh

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.